Corral Wall from Fort Bascom - Canyon, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 34° 58.841 W 101° 55.028
14S E 233704 N 3874788
Quick Description: The corral wall is from Fort Bascom, which was in New Mexico. Nothing of the fort remains at the original site, this was brought here because of Kit Carson.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/6/2014 6:29:51 AM
Waymark Code: WMM24P
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BarbershopDru
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Long Description:

County of remnant: Adair County
Location of remnant: small drive behind museum building off 24th St. (Victory Dr.), Canyon
Remnant given by: Mrs. Val Hampton

Text of plaque on wall:

Section of corral wall from
1863 ~ 1870
General Christopher (Kit) Carson
was commander at Fort Bascom
at the time of Adobe Walls
* * * * *
given in memory of
by Mrs. Val Hampton

"Fort Bascom, established in 1863, is located in New Mexico on the Canadian River slightly west of the Texas border. The fort was named in honor of Captain George Nicholas Bascom who was killed during the American Civil War on February 21, 1862 while defending Fort Craig against Confederate forces in the Battle of Val Verde, New Mexico. It was one of a series of forts established by General James Henry Carleton to control the Comanches and Kiowas who frequented the Staked Plains of Texas and the Rio Grande. It also was to stop trade of stolen goods by the so-called Comancheros.
Kit Carson engaged the Comanches and Kiowas in the First Battle of Adobe Walls in the heart of the Texas Panhandle.
The fort was abandoned in 1870" ~ Wikipedia

"Founded on the south bank of the Canadian River in eastern New Mexico during the Civil War, Fort Bascom (1863-70) had a short but distinguished history. It helped control the Kiowas, Comanches, and other tribes inhabiting the Red and Canadian River region; watched over the Goodnight-Loving Cattle Trail, as well as the Santa Fe Trail; and policed the activities of the "Comancheros," American and Mexican renegades who traded illegally with the Indians. The fort fielded several expeditions against the southern Plains tribes. Col. "Kit" Carson led one of them, dispatched in 1864 by General Carleton because of harassment of the Santa Fe Trail. Carson clashed with a village of Kiowas in the Battle of Adobe Walls, Tex.

"Fort Bascom was also the base of one of the three columns deployed by General Sheridan in his 1868-69 campaign. In November and December 1868 troops moved down the Canadian River; established a supply depot at Monument Creek; picked up a fresh southbound trail a few miles west of the Antelope Hills; pursued it vainly to the north fork of the Red River, then turned northward; and on Christmas Day won a resounding victory in the Battle of Soldier Spring, Okla.

"At the time of the fort's abandonment in 1870, when the troops and stores were transferred to Fort Union, N. Mex., the poorly constructed post was still unfinished. It consisted of a sandstone officers' quarters and a few adobe buildings. No remains have survived. Permission must be obtained from the ranch owner to visit the site." ~ National Park Service, Department of the Interior

Battle of Adobe Walls, can be viewed on several waymarking entries: WM9VQQ WMJD3X WMJH2X WMJH2R WMABZZ

Type: Remnant

Fee: 0

Common sense - it is on the museum lawn, behind the main building and open to visit any time.

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